Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson believes his side is in the best possible shape to charge into the Super League play-off semi-finals at the second attempt.

Minor champions Huddersfield missed the opportunity to move within 80 minutes of the Old Trafford Grand Final with last Thursday’s 22-8 home defeat at the hands of Wigan Warriors .

 

They now have a second bite of the cherry against Hull FC at the John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow night (8.00).

And with a fully-fit squad at his disposal, Anderson believes his Giants are ready to benefit from last week’s full-blooded battle and move a step closer to a first Grand Final appearance on Saturday, October 5.

“We were under-done going into the Wigan game. We just didn’t look battle-hardened,” said Anderson, who has back-rower Ukuma Ta’ai fully fit again after suffering a badly cut lip at Bradford Bulls 11 days ago.

“If you look at the last month of football we’ve had, the biggest game we played was probably Wigan away.

“No disrespect to the people we played but, in terms of getting ready for play-off rugby, it probably wasn’t the best we could have had.

“So I know we’ll be better for last week’s game, because it was a good, intense contest.

“It was obviously a big disappointment to lose the Wigan game, but we know we’ve to win three games to be champions, which was the position before the Wigan game.

“We’re not finished yet.”